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Worship and Ethos

Welcome to the Heart of Bacon's College

Mission Statement

Bacon’s College ensures that every student is well educated, cared for and exhorted to achieve the academic and personal excellence that will lead to university or skilled work and to a fulfilled life.

 

Values and Vision

‘I came to give life, life in all its fullness’ John 10:10

Bacon’s College is a fully inclusive Church of England academy that is open to students of all faiths and none. Our Christian values, which are upheld by all members of our community, lie at the heart of our mission and ethos. They are:

Courage

Compassion

Respect

Faith

Integrity

These are the values of a loving and compassionate God, seen in our Lord Jesus Christ and lived out through the Holy Spirit. We enrich students’ lives with these values to inspire them to achieve academic and personal excellence.

 

Courage

The Bacon’s Lion is the symbol of courage and strength.

A Bacon’s student has the courage to follow their convictions, to challenge injustice, to persevere in order to succeed and to remain steadfast in the face of adversity.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”
Joshua 1:9 (NIV).

 

Compassion

Bacon’s students follow Christ’s example by giving generously to those in need, placing others before themselves, supporting each other and loving their neighbours.

“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
John 13:34-35 New International Version (NIV) 

 

Respect

Bacon’s students believe that everyone - regardless of race, faith, gender, sexuality or social status - is unique, special and loved by God. We respect all people as equals and without prejudice.

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell in unity”
Psalm 133:1

 

Faith

A Bacon’s student draws strength and endurance from faith in family, staff and friends as well as from their own abilities and beliefs. We are a loyal school community.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7

 

Integrity

A Bacon’s student acts with integrity in deeds and words. We are honest and admit to our mistakes. We achieve wholeness (integer) by being truthful and of good character.

“May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you.”
Psalm 25:21. New International Version (NIV) 

 

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Bacon's College Chapel is...

A place for you to learn about the Bible and faith; to have support in your faith journey and a place where you can ask questions without being judged. If you are interested in perhaps becoming confirmed then speak with Rev'd Nicky and join Confirmation preparation in the Spring term.

A place for quietness and stillness, for prayer and time away from the busyness of school life. A place for you to find personal and spiritual support if life gets tough or you feel sad and need someone to talk with. The Chaplain is available for you and your parents, just pop in to the chapel office or make an appointment.

A place where we worship and celebrate the Eucharist, where we light candles when we want to pray and remember those we love. A place where we listen to music and enjoy the fellowship of our community.

Your Chaplain is the Rev'd Nicky Teverson

Please click to read our Worship Policy and our Worship Development Plan.


Faith in Action

Below you will find some instances where the college have practiced Fatih in Action.

  • To celebrate Black History Month, Bacon's College presented a display of student artwork and creations in Surrey Quays shopping centre, which can be seen here.
  • Our college Christmas Card and canteen-made biscuits sent to Rose Court Care Home can be seen here.

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British values are at the forefront of all we do at the College.

Through their day to day experience of the College students develop:

  • an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
  • an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination

These British Values are developed particularly through:

  • Weekly whole College assemblies – 6 half-termly themes addressing our British values and linking to our strong Christian ethos
  • Regular year group assemblies – students take responsibility for delivering content relating to our core values and termly themes
  • Regular House assemblies – where the community life of the College is developed
  • Tutor programme – linked to the assembly themes and developed in more detail
  • RE – all students study a full GCSE in RE
  • PSHE – delivered by a specialist teacher and in liaison with a number of outside agencies
  • Targeted workshops for identified students who may be struggling in some way
  • Set piece events such as the annual “Advent Appeal” where students take responsibility for fund raising for our chosen charity.
  • Students are taught to think morally and to distinguish between right and wrong.

Students learn about democracy through voting for representatives on the Student Council. In the Sixth Form the student leadership team takes on responsibility for many aspects of student life.

The “golden rules” of the College promote respect for others and take as their starting point “do unto others as you would have them do to you” from Jesus’ sermon on the mount

Our behaviour policy establishes a clear use of rewards and sanctions when appropriate and the staff gives a clear reason why they are being given out. Positive behaviour to and from school is reinforced by SLT presence in the local community.

Mediation and forgiveness sit at the heart of the College and the College has a highly regarded team of student mediators trained in partnership with the Southwark Mediation Service. This team has achieved local and National recognition – in 2016, representatives gave advice to a committee at the House of Commons.